Learning Ancient Greek – in Belfast and Adelaide

February 20, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

In pre-Covid days I idly browsed the magnificent sites for ancient language holiday courses at ivy-dressed, stone-built universities intending – one day – to enrol in a fortnight of glamorous intellectual slavery at Cornell or Oxford.   I would work as hard as Dicaeopolis, slaving over my participles into the night, my Liddell and Scott illuminated by candles for some reason.  I’d return to my usual term-time classes at the WEA in February, all shiny and brilliant from my overseas deep dive. One day…one day…And then of course, someone ate a bat.  So overseas or even interstate intensives (there are some…

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Parody # 2 “From Blank to Blank (For He Who Forgets Who Is In Charge of Hotel Quarantine)”

February 2, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Uncategorized |

(with apologies to Emily Dickinson, “From Blank to Blank” From Blank to Blank – A Threadless Way I push mechanic words – To stop – or smother – or confuse –  The skeptics and the turds –    If votes I gain If jail avoid Indefinite disclosed –  I shut my eyes – with fingers crossed That all but I – am Blind – 

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Thorngrove Manor

January 21, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, TRAVEL |

(January, 2021) Sometimes in this crazy epoch, you feel like heading for the hills.  Fortunately, if you live in or come to Adelaide, the hills are 10 minutes away. And you don’t have to sequester yourself in some hut like Ted Kaczynski’s cabin: instead, take the M1 Freeway from town to Thorngrove, between Stirling/Aldgate and Mt. Lofty and the townlet of Crafers. The Manor is a Gothic Revival dream – a kind of Strawberry Hill – but with its own bespoke design features that make guests feel they are King and Queen of the castle. The angels are in the…

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The Undoing

January 7, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Drama, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, TV SERIES |

(Netflix – 6 parts) (2020) We know that bad things are about to happen when a miniseries begins with an attractive couple (Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathon Fraser) engaging in happy banter and in-jokes with their child (Noah Jupe as Henry Fraser) over a busy breakfast.  Their New York apartment is Bohemian and chic, their clothes are Bohemian and chic, Jonathon is a paediatric oncologist, Grace is a marriage therapist for sleek couples and Henry goes to a ludicrously expensive private school which values diversity.  You can see the trouble brewing from here, can’t you? HBO…

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Animal Crossing New Horizons

November 5, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, VIDEO GAMES |

(On the Nintendo Switch Lite) [See TVC’s review of an earlier emanation here] A Millennial may annoy with ‘their’ incapacity to deal, and impatience, with technology older than today, but that level of irritation is as nothing compared to that engendered by an adult of the Silent or Boomer generation who says, upon facing an item of technology newer than the fax, “I’ll have to ask an 8 year old how to do that!” (this would be said with an implied LOL if that weren’t something that only the under -10s understand). Even Lynn Barber of that generally old-person-friendly magazine…

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